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Gentrification as a Global Strategy Neil Smith and Beyond

Edited By Abel Albet, Núria Benach Copyright 2018
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book pays homage to Neil Smith’s ideas, offering a critical approach and rich collection of insights that draw on Smith’s work for inspiration and debate. With interdisciplinary and international contributions from leading experts, the book demonstrates the impact of Smith’s ideas on understanding the role of urbanisation in general and gentrification, in particular, in contemporary society. The book demonstrates how gentrification varies significantly from city to city, across different cultural and political-economic regimes, and in terms of the timing of urban transformations.

    This collection provides a forum for debate for those working in urban regeneration and citizenship, and those directly affected by the processes and problems arising from gentrification. It will be of interest to students and scholars in urban geography, urban sociology, cultural studies, and wider social and urban theories.


    David Harvey

    Part 1: Neil Smith: A Tribute

    1. Neil Smith and gentrification

    Abel Albet and Núria Benach

    2. A political-geographic project against capitalism: an essay on the work of Neil Smith

    Luz Marina García Herrera and Fernando Sabaté Bel

    3. The apocryphal diary of Neil Smith

    Fernando Sabaté Bel

    Part 2: On Gentrification and the Rent Gap Theory

    4. The state of gentrification has always been extra-economic

    Hamish Kallin

    5. Gentrification: disaster, necessity, opportunity? Notes for a critical use of the concept

    Francesco Indovina and Oriol Nel-lo

    6. Towards a theory of gentrination: global capital flows and the reshaping of the global semi-periphery. The cases of Greece and Brazil

    Antonis Vradis

    7. Making rent gap theory not true

    Eric Clark

    8. Rent gap theory is a political resource

    Ernesto López-Morales

    Part 3: Dispossession and Class Struggle

    9. From Boise to Budapest: capital circulation, compound capitalist destruction, and the persistence of homelessness

    Don Mitchell

    10. Revanchism, ignorance and class struggle in austerity Britain

    Tom Slater

    11. The class gap in gentrification: a political reading of the rent gap hypothesis

    Marc Morell

    12. The new urban frontier everyday evictions: contemporary state practices of revanchism

    Vickie Cooper and Kirsteen Paton

    13. Capturing urban rent through evictions: home dispossessions in the historic centre of Palma (Majorca)

    Sònia Vives-Miró and Onofre Rullan

    Part 4: Policies and Strategies

    14. Financialised rent gaps and the public interest in Berlin's housing crisis: reflections on N. Smith's 'generalised gentrification'

    Laura Calbet i Elias

    15. Beyond the 'revanchist city': when public policies softly support gentrification in the name of social mix. The case of Inner Paris

    Anne Clerval

    16. Urban regeneration, rent and labour: insights from Barcelona's 'Knowledge District'

    Greig Charnock, Hug March, Thomas Purcell and Ramon Ribera-Fumaz

    17. A disappearing world: the ever-expanding 'frontier of gentrification' through the eyes of Porto's historic centre long-time residents

    João Queirós

    18. Architecture of violence: 'anti-beggar architecture' as the 'eureka' of urban regeneration

    Sonia Maria Taddei Ferraz, Luis Gustavo Rosadas Campos, Mayra Duarte Lima, Paula Ramos Corrêa Carvalho de Mendonça and Leticia Lyra Acioly

    Part 5: Activism and Resistance

    19. The urban frontier: gentrification as ideology and class politics in the remaking of marginal urban space

    Catharina Thörn and Katarina Despotovic

    20. Alternative geographies for social action in Medellín

    Eryka Y. Torrejón Cardona

    21. Alternative narratives from an invisible city: gentrification, counter-proposals, and women activism

    Maria del Socorro Pérez Rincón Fernández

    22. The onslaught against the Greek squatting movement and the value that it produced

    Myrto Dagkouly-Kyriakoglou

    23. Revanchism and the racial state: Ferguson as 'internal colony'

    Deborah Cowen and Nemoy Lewis

    Part 6: Neil Smith and Beyond

    24. Gentrification and the urban struggle: Neil Smith and beyond

    Núria Benach and Abel Albet


    Abel Albet is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

    Núria Benach is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.